Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Global Business Forum – ASEAN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 10 December 2021

Agriculture Chief William Dar recognized the need for regional cooperation among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to propel food security in the region during the Global Business Forum – ASEAN on December 9, 2021.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Secretary Dar noted the hampering of international expansion and food security in various countries, including the Philippines. He particularly noted that in attempting to protect their own food security, many countries also established trade restrictions and chokepoints in the global food supply.

“Adding more reasons to worry are concerns on rising global population, malleable demand landscape for food, and contentious climate change policies and environmental regulations related to food security,” he said.

He added that the differences in each country’s stances and policies further test diplomatic ties and unified action on global food security matters.

To rise above these challenges, the agriculture czar highlighted the need for unity and cooperation among ASEAN member-nations in sustaining food security. He noted that this is best achieved by “recognizing the social and cultural connections constituting their organic links to each other.”

The member-nations, as per the agriculture chief, should also take into consideration the economic sectors, migrant workers’ welfare and social protections, proactive engagement of embassies with transnational populations and entities, and other social factors that influence business and trade relationships among nations. (Photos by Gian Carlo Luague, DA-AFID)

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